It's week 9 for 52 Wednesdays and this week's theme is Close Up. I was kind of excited for this week, but kind of dreading it at the same time because I actually love close up/macro photography (that might seem like a hugely contradicting sentence, but I'll explain). I LOVE investigating the world and all it's intricacies from a highly magnified vantage point. However, I've been seriously missing my previous ownership of a macro lens lately, and this assignment only strengthened those feelings.
I actually fell in love with my camera and photography because of macro photography. Before Simply Splendid existed in my life I was a jewelry designer (I still am technically). I created custom jewelry pieces with gemstones and fine metals and hated that the photographers I hired to photograph my art couldn't seem to catch my vision of what I wanted. So, I invested in a DSLR so that I could learn to do it myself. Along the way, I found how much I loved photographing people and developed my capabilities over time to where they are now.
I own a 50mm lens and an 85mm lens, which are fantastic focal lengths for photographing people; but unfortunately, I must remain at least 1.5 feet away from my subject for my camera to focus. This means macro photography isn't in my cards these days. I managed this week's project with a special magnifying filter and this is what I came up with:
I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce Ms. Amy as the next photographer in this photo circle! She is an amazing photographer from Southern California and is the owner of A Beautiful Life Photo. She has such a brilliant photojournalistic style, I can't wait to see what she's come up with this week. You can find her here. http://www.abeautifullifephoto.com/blog